Joseph Williams

Birth Name: Joseph Stanley Williams

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 1, 1960

Ethnicity: English, Irish, 1/16th French-Canadian, more distant German, Dutch, and Welsh

Joseph Williams is an American singer, songwriter, and film score composer. He is the lead singer of rock band Toto. The band’s members also include/have included Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, and Steve Porcaro.

Joseph is the son of actress and singer Barbara Ruick (born Barbara Joan Ruick) and iconic composer, conductor, pianist, and trombonist John Williams (John Towner Williams). He is the grandson of jazz drummer and percussionist Johnny Williams, actor Melville Ruick, and character actress and acting coach Lurene Tuttle. Joseph is married to Amy Troyer-Williams, with whom he has three children.

Joseph’s paternal grandfather was Johnny Williams (John Francis Williams). Johnny was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, to parents who ran a department store in Bangor, Maine. Johnny played with the Raymond Scott Quintet.

Joseph’s paternal grandmother was Esther Towner (the daughter of David John Towner and Ada B. Hennessy/Hennesey/Hennessey). Esther was born in Massachusetts, to Canadian parents. David was the son of David Towner, who had Colonial American roots, and of Emillie Robitaille/Robitalle, who was likely French-Canadian. Ada likely had Irish ancestry.

Joseph’s maternal grandfather was Melville Hughes Ruick (the son of Norman Melville Ruick and Amanda Deborah Hughes). Melville was born in Boise, Idaho. Norman was the son of William Orson Rewick and Temperance Coleman Hutchinson. Amanda was the daughter of Conrad Kurtz Hughes and Adocia Purcell.

Joseph’s maternal grandmother was Lurene “Susie” Tuttle (the daughter of Clair Vivian/Vivien Tuttle and Verna Sylvia Long). Lurene was born in Pleasant Lake, Indiana, and appeared on radio and in films and television. Clair was a performer in minstrel shows, and then a station agent for a railroad. He was the son of Francis Frank Marion Tuttle, who managed an opera house and taught drama, and of Dora L. Lower. Verna was the daughter of Albert William Long and Susie Ingalls.

Sources: Genealogies of Joseph Williams –

Genealogies of Joseph’s father (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Joseph’s paternal grandmother, Esther Towner, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Esther Towner on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Joseph’s mother –

Genealogy of Joseph’s maternal great-grandmother, Amanda Deborah Hughes (focusing on her father’s side) –

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